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Using a Vapour Control Layer Will Reduce Condensation

June 20, 2017

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TBS stocks Vapour Control Barrier Sheet, from JRT Supplies. It’s a quality 125mu polyethylene product that forms a barrier to help reduce convective heat loss and prevent condensation between the layers of a structure. It comes in a 2.45m x 50m roll and is green tinted. The advantage of a single roll is that it prevents cracking in the screed.

Image: e-architect

Image: e-architect

You can use Vapour Control Layer in the roof, walls and floors, to prevent warm, damp air from inside the building from penetrating into the structure or the roof. It is often used in commercial applications, but it is ideal for timber framed houses.

By using a vapour barrier, you meet sustainable building requirements and also environmental goals.

Our sales team can help you further and give you an attractive price for this useful building aid. So why not give TBS a call!

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Condensation Problems? Ventilation or Dry Lining Could Be Your Answer

June 13, 2017
A Manrose axial fan with humidistat

A Manrose axial fan with humidistat

If you live in an older house with solid walls, you may well have a problem with damp appearing on your interior walls. This is almost certainly caused by condensation. There are things you can do about this, and TBS can help you.

First, check that your home is properly ventilated. One very practical answer is to fit extractor fans. TBS stocks axial fans and centrifugal fans from Manrose, some with a built-in humidistat, together with a range of grilles and ducting that should meet your requirements, .

Another thing to consider is dry lining the walls. It’s a bigger job but can make a serious difference. Click here for an overview of what’s involved – very handy if you’re considering the DIY option.

Batten frame with insulation being added

Dry lining involves fitting battens to the walls, adding insulation, then fixing a plasterboard wall. The frame can be made using 25 x 38mm battens. Insulation could be either 25mm polystyrene or Knauf Dritherm cavity wall insulating batts.

Now you have two options. Either tack a polythene vapour barrier to the battens, then fix 9.5mm plasterboard. Or you can opt for Knauf Vapourshield plasterboard, which is already backed with silver foil.

TBS stocks all the products you would require for dry lining. So call our Sales team at any TBS depot for information, advice and some good prices.

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Refurbishing for Rental? Leyland Paint Can Help

April 11, 2017

Leyland Trade paints have been going since 1922, which shows how tradespeople and DIYers trust them for quality and economy.

Professional Builder magazine recently recommended Leyland Trade paints for the growing property rental market. Many decorators are employed to refurbish properties that have high people-traffic and have been neglected in various ways.

In rental properties, kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas may be in the basement, lacking ventilation, so your choice of paint needs to meet these demands. Leyland Acrylux Acrylic Eggshell has been specially formulated for use in these high condensation areas. TBS stocks it in 5L Brilliant White or 2.5L White and Mixed Colours.

Sometimes a wall or ceiling in a rental property may need replastering. Leyland Super Leytex is a high opacity matt emulsion, specially formulated to allow new plaster to breathe and dry out after painting. It can also be applied to previously painted surfaces. TBS stocks it in 10L or 15L tubs, in Brilliant White or Magnolia.

In rental properties, hallways, stairs and landings can suffer from heavy people-traffic and the paintwork suffers serious wear and tear. A higher sheen paint such as Leyland Soft Sheen offers a durable, attractive finish and is washable. TBS stocks 5L cans of Brilliant White or Magnolia, and 2.5L and 5L cans of Mixed Colours.

The Leyland Trade website also offers you this paint calculator to help you work out the quantities you will need.

For all of these, and for all your decorating materials, call in at any TBS branch or give our Sales teams a ring.

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